On Friday, La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia demanded that President Barack Obama give executive amnesty and work permits to as many as eight million illegal immigrants afterreports surfaced that Senate Democrats are urging Obama not to unilaterally change the country's immigration laws before the midterm elections.
Appearing on MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart, Murguia said Obama and Republicans have told illegal immigrants in the past to wait for Congress to act on legislation before complaining that, "and now, there's some Senate Democrats who are asking us to wait again."
"We're done waiting. We've waited long enough," she said, claiming that 1,100 lives are "shattered" because of deportations every day. "We, as a community, expect him to fulfill his promises."
Murguia said her community was "frustrated," claimed that Obama has the "legal authority to step in and act," and said that "anywhere between three to eight million" illegal immigrants "could be served by an administrative action."
"For us, we want him to exercise the full authority that he has to provide relief for these individuals and also the opportunity to be able to leverage economic revenues and therefore provide some work permits for these individuals," she said.
Murguia also called on Obama to "more fervently exercise prosecutorial discretion" on deportations and enforcement so that illegal immigrant workers like "landscapers" are not targeted.